Monday, August 23, 2010

Chrysler sebring for a 1st car?

Question 1
Chrysler sebring for a 1st car?...  I am looking into buying my first car. I have looked into Hondas and VW but because they are more "sporty" I can't really afford the insurance for it, I've got my eye on a 2001 Chrysler Sebring. It looks nice and I've been told its safe but I've also been told that its a pretty big engine and therefore its gonna be a lot of money spent on gas. It is a 6 cylinder 2.7L engine and since I don't know much about cars I don't know if i'll go broke because of the gas lol. What do you think? Is a Chrysler Sebring a good affordable 1st car?

1)   ? - kid

2)   It is. The turning radius isn't great, but otherwise they're solid. My mechanic told me that the engines in these cars just keep running forever. - monkeydamour

3)   They're not reliable. Maybe the engine is durable, but you're going to be fixing a lot of things. Look for something more reliable. Honda's are the best. A used accord is not "sporty" and has low insurance. Cost of maintenance is a huge factor. If you buy something unreliable, it will affect how much money you have for other things in your life! - oogabooga37

4)   I cannot recommend a 6cyl. Chrysler Sebring as a first car. The 2.7 L engine has some oiling problems and can sludge up and fail. Unless you can be sure that this is a good engine, I do not recommend buying it. I suggest a Chrysler or Dodge Sebring or Stratus with the 2.4L 4cyl. engine. It is much more reliable. - C-Tech

5)   I would go with the Honda or VW unless the Sebring is in excellent condition and has very,very low mileage. - Jackolantern

6)   I am not gonna say that I am totally sure about the is really depending on the personal mind.thus it would better for you to try to find the best answer yourself.Here   is a good resource for reference though. - JENNIFER B

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Question 2
Would a 2001 Plymouth Neon be a good first car choice?...  I'm about to purchase a 2001 Plymouth Neon as my first car. It has about 99,000 miles on it. I will probably be purchasing it for $3,900. I'm hoping that I will be able to use it for at least 5 years (when I graduate from grad school). I ran into someone at the grocery store who had a '98 and they absolutely loved the car.

Any opinion? Anything I should look out for? Is this acceptable? Do you think I'll get at least 5 years out of it? Tell me what you think.
I'm sorry I worded the question wrong. First car choice as in my first car ever.

1)   That's what kind of car i got. It's great on gas i cheap whats not to like!!!! And i had mine since they can out and my one thing messed up since. enjoy - Alex

2)   It would definitely not be my first choice (again) Ours was a piece of junk and unsafe. Buy it and you will LITERALLY run into someone at the grocery store. - Non-Sequitur

3)   I wouldn't buy a used 2001 Neon as my first car; I've heard too many complaints about them. How about a used Toyota or Honda instead? You get more features and better reliability. - Ken

4)   Not bad, but at that price I think the car should be in pretty/very good condition, seems on the more expensive end of whats out there for 2001 with around 99K miles.

At any rate I would absolutely have a mechanic look at the car and point any issues which could surface in the next couple months/years (engine, suspension etc.). You don't want to worry about repairs while you're in school. Everything checks out and you take care of it, it will last you. - CAS

5)   too old, too many miles for the price (this is a 10 year old car now!)
The KBB has this at about $3100 (private party, excellent condition)
I would offer $2K and then walk away - roadrunner426440

6)   Yes, just keep up on the maintenance. The 2001 is the second generation which is improved over the 1st generation. Make sure you get the timing belt changed on schedule as the Neon has an interference engine. - doane_nut

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Question 3
my 1995 plymouth voyager transmission is slipping?...  it has 169k miles. would it be expensive to have it fixed?

1)   the cheap alternative is get a used one from a wrecker or car yard - verballove

2)   drain all the fluid and put a new filter and 2 quarts of Lucas Transmission Fix in there.that should stop the slipping if its not bad or until you have the money to get it fixed. - kawasaki

3)   its probably going out and having it repaired is probably going to cost more than the van is worth,going used isn't a good idea either because they only warranty a used one for so long,its going to cost around 1500.00 to rebuild that one,id have a shop diagnose it and make sure its going out and then decide what to to do with it,good luck with it. - dodge man

4)   Chrysler transmissions of that vintage are notoriously bad. Its true that the cost of repairs are more than the van is worth. Save your money for a down payment. - Dick Hertz

5)   Try changing ALL the fluid, not just what is in the pan, and filling it with ATF4, which has an additive to stop slipping. If it still slips, then you need it rebuilt or replaced. - Jackolantern

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Question 4
I have a 2003 Chrysler Concord with the 2.7 engine.?...  The oil light keeps coming on when idling, but then goes off when the rpms reach 1000. Checked oil level but its good. Any suggestions on what else to check? It did come on when driving today a bit, but flickered as if it were shorting..could it be a bad wire to the sensor?

1)   Most likely a failing sensor or a loose connection at the sensor. You can have a shop remove the sensor and test actual oil pressure with a shop gauge to verify proper oil pump operation.

Best of Luck! - Fukkin Suspended

2)   The problem is most likely the oil pressure sending unit and connector. It is located on the side of the engine facing the firewall, with a green connector. There is a repair kit for the connector which should be installed with a new oil sending unit. Good luck. - C-Tech

3)   Besides the oil sensor or wiring or repair kit , remove the oil pan clean the screen inside there they can really clog up and cause severe headaches.

Hope that helps and best of luck.By the way I'd flush and change the oil too. - helpful bob

4)   theres wireing a harness you add to the harness thats allready there on the oil sending unit. i put it on my sebring and and it took care of the same problem you got. they told me at crysler dealer parts it was'nt made for my car but i bought it anyway and it worked. what happens your exhaust manifould is close to sending unit the heat confuses it. i replaced the sending unit first and still came on. - tickettaker

5)   It's a 2.7L engine that is seven years old. While others have suggested it may be an electrical problem, I suspect you need a new engine.

Google "Chrysler 2.7L engine." They are pitifully unreliable and you're lucky it lasted this long.

Do you see blue smoke from the tailpipe at idle? - Mike

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Question 5
2002 Chrysler overheating?...  my Sebring 2.7 has been overheating I have replaced the thermostat and the cooling system sensor but it is still overheating and air is getting into the cooling system when I drive it. The mechanic that I had looked at it noticed that the radiator was hotter towards the top then the bottom was, he thinks the radiator is clogged. Can anyone shed some light on this situation?

1)   Unfortunately, 2.7 is not a great quality engine, but with that cooling problem, your mechanic is giving you the right diagnosis, with proper old style, common sense methods. There's a slight chance of getting a lucky break, if it is just your radiator cap that is faulty. - Van Bo

2)   There maybe some kind of debree in between your radiator and AC condenser. I would take out the radiator and clean it. - Kevin

3)   The symptom's sound like the water pump may be leaking. That wound cause the air to get into the system. if your car is under 70,000 miles it nay still be covered under warranty. Good luck. - C-Tech

4)   If air is getting into the system then there's a leak somewhere...that means the system is not pressurized.

Does your "mechanic" need an invitation? Pull the friggin radiator hoses and run water through it and see what happens. - Theneelster

5)   If your mechanic doesn't have a combustion gas tester take it to one that does and have it checked for a possible head gasket leak. Air getting into the coolant means only one thing. A leaking head gasket because the coolant system is under pressure and the only way to add air is through pressurization by the engine's pistons through a blown head gasket. - Jackolantern

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